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How To Talk To Anyone

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Beyond Small Talk

Easy on the advice

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Beyond Small Talk

The holidays are a time of warmth, cheer, and awkwardness. Here’s how to enjoy even the trickiest conversations.

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Beyond Small Talk

It’s a family gathering, not a debate you need to win

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Beyond Small Talk

‘Greetings, small human, how’s the weather down there?’ is probably not your best opener

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Beyond Small Talk

Because when you think about it, we’re all somebody’s rando

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Beyond Small Talk

Don’t let them get away with hiding in the bathroom

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Beyond Small Talk

If it takes a little work, it’s okay to treat it like work

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Beyond Small Talk

Don’t ask about school or the future, for one thing

Illustration: Heeje Min Heo


Beyond Small Talk

It helps to think of them as a younger person

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Beyond Small Talk

Each interaction is part of a bigger process of acceptance

Illustration: Heeje Min Heo

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